A BAND of lightning crossed parts of Gippsland on Monday evening, starting 21 new fires.
There is a new cluster of small fires west of Omeo in the Cobungra State Forest, several fires around the Buchan area and fires between Orbost and Cann River.
Seven of these fires have already been listed as contained or under control due to a very quick response from Forest Fire Management Victoria crews.
It is expected that more new fires will be identified by aircraft on Tuesday morning. FFMVic fire fighters supported by aircraft will be working on these fires to ensure that they do not grow.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteers arrived in the Region on Tuesday morning to assist our Victorian crews with the fire fighting efforts.
South Australian crews are also expected to arrive in Gippsland in coming days.
The Princes Highway was reopened between Warragul and Pakenham on Tuesday morning. The highway had been closed because to the fires in the Bunyip State Park.
A 40 kilometre per hour speed restriction is in place between Tynong and Tonimbuk Rds to ensure the safety of motorists. The need for this speed restriction is being reviewed.
The Yinnar South–Budgeree fire has not spread further overnight. There are still areas of active fire within the fire area.
DELWP wildlife officers and AgVic officers will be addressing any animal welfare concerns, both on private and public land.
The incident management team ise reviewing the current traffic management points to ensure that residents can access their properties as quickly as possible.
A Watch and Act message remains in place for communities directly impacted by this fire. The fire is currently 1820 hectares in size.
The Wilsons Promontory–Mt Leonard fire continues to burn north of the Tidal River settlement.
The National Park remains closed to visitors and this closure will be in place over the Labour Day long weekend.
The fire is currently 268ha in size.
Several fires are burning to the north and north west of the Dargo community.
Work by CFA and FFMVic crews in the Dargo valley prevented any significant fire spread near private property.
A Watch and Act message remains in place for communities directly impacted by this fire.
The fires are a combined 12,250ha in size.
The Licola – Mt Margaret Track fire is burning to the east of the Licola community. Under current conditions, impact on communities is unlikely.
The Watch and Act message for Valencia Creek has been downgraded to an Advice message.
Crews are focusing on constructing containment and fall back lines to prevent any community impact.
There will be a community meeting on Tuesday evening at the Briagolong Hall from 7pm.
Three fires are burning directly south of the Dinner Plain township.
The fires increased in size on Monday, driven by high level winds. The combined fire size is 3885ha.
The community has been reminded to stay informed and seek information from a range of trusted sources including the Vic Emergency App and emergency broadcasters.
For up to date information and advice regarding bushfires and emergencies go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au or on the VicEmergency app, or by phoning the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.